Volunteer Information

The Nebraska 4-H program is seeking volunteers to help with exhibit entry day, judging, and serving as 4-H exhibit building hosts and greeters. Volunteers will be needed for educational activities in the 4-H building, serving as the Lil' Green Mascot and assisting with all 4-H contests and events throughout the fair. State Fair 4-H volunteers will receive a fair pass for the day(s) they volunteer. A complete list of volunteer opportunities can be found below.

To volunteer at the Nebraska State Fair complete the online form below.

Interest Form

Transportation is available to and from Lincoln during the State Fair setup and entry/judging day, August 23, 2017 for volunteers. For more information, please contact Lisa Spilker, lspilker2@unl.edu or 402-472-9018.

Volunteer Opportunities

Exhibit Hall Setup
Help with the setup of the exhibit hall before the fair starts. Roles include work crew leaders and marketing set up coordinator. On Tuesday we need people to serve in the role as judging greeter, marketing and promotion assistant, and facilities manager and assistant. On Thursday we need people to do media setup by setting up television and iPad stations and assembling displays on stages and setting up interactive stations. Volunteers are needed the following days:

  • Tuesday, August 22
  • Wednesday, August 23
  • Thursday, August 24

4-H Static Exhibit Entry Day/Judging
Volunteers will assist with exhibit check-in, judging, and help arrange displays. Indicate the project area you are interested in on your Volunteer Interest Form. Volunteers are need the following days:

  • Wednesday, August 23
  • Thursday, August 24

4-H Green Team Hosts
Be a part of the welcome crew for the 4-H exhibit building. Green Team Hosts will stroll throughout the building to welcome fair-goers, answer questions, monitor and tidy exhibits, and staff the information desk. If you are enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about 4-H, a strong advocate for 4-H/Extension, and enjoy meeting and speaking with the public we want you as a building host. Wear your smile and have fun! Older 4-H members are encouraged to sign-up with a friend or families can volunteer together as hosts. A minimum of two volunteers are needed per shift. The following shifts are available:

  • Each Day
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

4-H Lil' Green Mascot
Represent Nebraska 4-H by volunteering to be inside and/or escort Lil' Green, the 4-H mascot. Youth and/or adults who meet the following mascot requirements are encouraged to help: age 14+, height between 5'3" and 6'3", waistline of 38" or less, ability to physically endure being inside a mascot up to one hour; energetic and willing to interact with fair-goers of all ages in a positive manner. Seeking volunteers for:

  • Saturday, August 26
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 27
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 2
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 3
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday, September 4
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4-H Photographer
Attend 4-H contests and shows and take photos to be used for promotional and social media purposes! Photography equipment will be provided. Shifts are available on:

  • Saturday, August 26
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 27
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 2
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 3
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Monday, September 4
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

4-H Livestock Office Assistance
If you are knowledgeable about livestock, the state fair livestock shows, and enjoy working with the public, additional help may be needed in the Livestock Office answering questions and helping staff members with show preparations and more. Please mark the Volunteer Interest Form with dates/times you are available. Shifts are available on:

  • Saturday, August 26
  • Sunday, August 27
  • Friday, September 1
  • Saturday, September 2
  • Sunday September 3
  • Monday, September 4

4-H Contest/Event Assistance
There are a wide range of fair contests/events you may assist with. Serve as a judge’s helper, timekeeper, ribbon distributor, etc. Mark your Volunteer Interest Form with your contest/event choices. 

Exhibit Hall Closing
Volunteers are needed to help close up the exhibit hall. Task include managing the family checkout process, assisting superintendents with releasing exhibits, packing boxes and loading pallets. Volunteers are needed the following days:

  • Monday, September 4
  • Tuesday, September 5